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"Sing outside the box" conference | General Assembly 2017

Tallinn, Estonia | 6-8 October 2017

organised in collaboration with the Estonian Choral Association


Continuing the line of conferences discussing hot topics of the choral world, we organised the public conference “sing outside the box”. We set up an exciting programme focusing on “different” ways to perform, to interact with (new and younger) audiences, and cooperation with other art forms. On Friday evening and Saturday afternoon, we discovered new ideas, exchanged along practical sessions and also even sang (outside the box, of course…).

The conference ended with a concert on Saturday evening.



The public conference was part of the cooperation project “sing outside the box” coordinated by the Estonian Choral Association in cooperation with ZIMIHC, Sulasol and ECA-EC, and co-funded by the European Union Creative Europe programme. The project develops an in-depth cooperation between the EuroChoir sessions 2017 in Utrecht (NL) and 2018 in Helsinki (FI) and the EUROPA CANTAT Festival in Tallinn (EE).


What happened?

Friday 6 Oct. 2017

09:30 > 12:30 Membership Day | interactive session

Members gathered and discussed the activities, projects and future development of their association.


13:30 > 15:30 Project presentations

Interesting projects from the membership were presented in short and entertaining 5 minutes slots.



17:30 > 19:00 Conference “sing outside the box” - Keynote Speech

By Tido Visser, manager of the Nederlands Kamerkoor

19:00 Dinner with musical surprises by the Estonian Radio Children’s Choir!


Saturday 7 Oct. 2017

09:30 > 12:30 General Assembly ECA-EC

[for members at the Estonian Parliament]

13:30 > 15:00 Conference “sing outside the box” - Plenary session

Presentation of the project “sing outside the box”

Video of the presentation


15:15 > 16:15 Conference “sing outside the box” - Session 1

3 offers to choose from:

16:45 > 17:45 Conference “sing outside the box” - Sessions 2

3 offers to choose from:

  • Choireography | Panda van Proosdij

    How to use your physicality while conducting and how to teach your singers to use theirs

  • Audience development in Choral Context | Raul Talmar and Sonja Greiner

    Choral enthusiasts have developed many ways to expand their audience.

  • “Get out of your box” | Panel discussion

    Choral and A Cappella? The panel will discuss what brings us together, how we can cooperate and exchange. With Susan Monks, Stephan Lutermann, Masis Aram Gözbek, Virginie Scherrens, Aarne Saluveer, Jeroen Schrijner

20:30 Concert Collegium Musicale Chamber Choir at the Tallinn Town Hall


Sunday 8 Oct. 2017

09:00 > 11:00 Fresh Ideas: Sunday Morning Market

Participants could exchange and set up cooperations.


>> the PDF of the programme





Special grant for organizations from Central-Eastern Europe

In order to increase the involvement of member organisations of ECA-EC in Central-Eastern Europe in the activities of the association, we had the opportunity, in the frame of our network project, to offer grants for up to 5 representatives of 5 different member organisations, to cover or contribute to travel expenses and participation fees.

Grants 2017 impressions